Being the fortunate Neanderthal I am, at ICAST 2013 I was able to see many of the new products the fishing industry has in store for us anglers in the near future. The “ICAST Eye Catcher” series features many of the most innovative and interesting of those new offerings. So, for those of you who couldn’t attend, enjoy!
Here’s another new product that really should have won a Best Of Show award at this year’s ICAST. The latest baitcasting reel from Daiwa is called the Tatula Type R. In addition to it’s stunning looks, it is loaded with features that should cost twice of what it is slated to sell for. For example, the frame is made from one rock-solid piece of aircraft-quality aluminum, as is the side plate, which will cut down on any flexing over the life of the reel and allows for precision meshing of the Air Rotation gears. Also, it’s innovative hybrid-designed T-Wing System (TWS) levelwind allows the line to flow out freely when casting, significantly cutting down on line friction and increasing casting distance. Add in the super lightweight A7075 spool, 7+1 (including 2 CRBB) ball bearing system, and the Ultimate Tournament Carbon Drag (UTD), and you can see why this one is a real winner. Staring this Fall, Daiwa will be shipping two models: a 6.3:1 and a high-speed 8.1:1 version. MSRP $199.95